About Business School Netherlands (BSN)

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Business School Netherlands (BSN) was founded in 1988 in Enschede, a small rural town in Holland.

Today, BSN is situated in the picturesque town of Buren in the Netherlands, and continues to expand its provision of Action Learning programmes beyond the boundaries of the Netherlands, creating a global Action Learning community of business leaders, having partners situated in Algeria, Cameroon, China, Czech Republic, Curacao, Egypt, Ghana, Iran, Nigeria, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda and Zambia.

Business School Netherlands (BSN) recognises the exponential growth of the body of knowledge. Even enthusiastic students will fail to fathom it all in a lifetime, let alone during a two-year course. That is why we look at the academic part of an MBA- or management programme from a different point of view.

We start with the problem, your problem, a relevant issue that your organisation needs to solve. Once identified, you will learn to critically evaluate available knowledge in the respective field, weigh the alternatives, and propose an appropriate solution. It doesn’t stop there. The Action Learning concept recognises that real learning only takes place when we have implemented the solution and seen the result. Confucius worked it out ages ago: “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand”.

In BSN’s vision, Learning to Learn is the most important part of doing a Management Programme. If you develop skills to analyse a problem, identify the core issues, and know where to look for possible solutions and ideas, you will be better equipped to cope with tomorrow’s challenges than people who are able to recite yesterday’s theories. We realise this is not mainstream thinking and we are proud of that. What we offer is an unconvential and proactive MBA- and other post-master programmes, fitting most managers who study with us.

Business School Netherlands (BSN ) has been delivering Action Learning MBA’s and management programmes for around 28 years now.

As the Action Learning business school, BSN is not alone in recognising the value of Action Learning. Progressive organisations such as Shell, Exxon, General Electric, Unilever, Rabobank, Aloca Agro, Motorola, Arthur Andersen, General Motors and Lyondell Chemical Co. also believe in the Action Learning approach. They have achieved amazing results in the field of problem-solving, identifying competitive advantages, reducing operating costs and becoming learning organisations. Over 3.500 students from all over the world have joined our programmes in countries such as Aruba, Namibia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, Egypt, Algeria, Tanzania, Pakistan, Armenia, United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Czech Republic, China and so much more.

 

“Managers who follow their Action Learning MBA with us save on consultancy costs. More than that, every case dissolved at  Business School Netherlands, has a positive effect on the return on investment.”

Drs. Dick Gerdzen

Founder Business School Netherlands

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